"In the Beginning, all America was Virginia."
William Byrd II
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In our library

Our research library, which provides access to an unrivaled collection of primary and secondary sources, is open to the public for historical and genealogical researchYou can access the vast collections of the VHS in person or online.

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The extensive collection of our library is free and open to all VHS visitors.
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The library of the VHS maintains an extensive collection of items related to the history and culture of Virginia.
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Our library offers many services to help you with your research.
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Our library is free and open to the public. To protect our collection, here are some procedures and rules to follow in the reading room.
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